Anybody who knows the reference in the title is a friend of mine. It's back to school, again, but also for the last time. (Since I have not filled out a single application to pursue a PhD, it is surely the end...for now. There will probably come a time when I head back to school for my PhD in Anthropology.) But as it stands, the future is now. I am not going to rant about the situation that awaits, as the current environment is not something I can control. Things will happen and I'll manage the curveballs.
The focus is now on completing my thesis project. I wrapped up the fall semester with the submission of my thesis proposal and now its time to resolve the proposal with an architectural design. For better or worse I did not spend one second during winter break thinking about thesis. Nope I spent two weeks in Peru and you can read about my Peruvian adventures right here. There are some good stories and photos, so please check it out.
But looking back now, some of my experience in Peru relates (in a way, and not entirely) to my thesis proposal. Much of Cuzco is built upon the ruins of Quechuan buildings. Quite literally in fact. Large polished stones from over 500 years ago serve as the foundations of the city's contemporary buildings. I'm looking at incorporating ruins of buildings damaged by purposeful acts of violence into new architecture as means of preserving memory and identity. Its not exactly the same, but its really not all that different.
I know exactly what I want to do. The only problem is finding a ruin/building/site that is both contemporary and domestic. There are gobs (now thats a word I should use more) of potential sites in Europe as well as around the globe, but because of the United States security and relatively peaceful past, the opportunities are few and far between. So it is now that I solicit you for possible buildings in the USA. I've expanded my definition to include acts of civil disobedience and riots. Name anything, it just may be what I'm looking for. I'm going to spend a few more days looking for the perfect site, but with the limited time frame (9 weeks) to complete my thesis project I may have to go abroad and choose one of those sites.
That's it for now. I'll be back in a few days to update you on my search for the perfect ruins and my possible plans for summer.